Saturday, March 31, 2007

Step Aside Adobe Reader. Foxit is Here.

Depending on the current phase of your computer's life-cycle, you might be interested in an alternative to Adobe's ubiquitous Reader. In the early phase, you are swimming in an ocean of memory, storage and processing power. The applications you have installed seem lightning-fast, going from double-click to open in less time than it takes you to say "pi," assuming you would have any reason to say "pi." Your screen is covered with layer upon layer of open windows, some of which you've forgotten about completely. Life is good.

A couple of years pass, and your machine has lost its verve. It seems to have contracted chronic fatigue. It gets bogged down by any significant load. You have to conserve, you have to find ways to take up less storage on your hard drive. You say to yourself, When am I ever going to use that program? I really don't need it, do I? You are much more judicious about how many programs you have open at any one time. Your processor starts wheezing with any task more demanding than word processing.

If any of these descriptions fit your situation, or even if they don't, it's always a good idea to be efficient. Waste not, want not, and so on. That's why Foxit can be a great alternative to the bigger and more cycle-intensive Adobe Reader for viewing PDF files. You can give it a whirl by clicking on the graphic.